Buildings that are used for income generating purposes. Office buildings, warehouses, and retail buildings like convenience stores and shopping malls are examples of commercial buildings
In urban locations, commercial buildings function as offices on the higher levels and retail space on the street level. These types of commercial buildings are called multi-use.
Offices in Commercial Buildings
Office Buildings are single or multiple tenant structures, small professional buildings, and skyscrapers that are specifically designed to be used for offices.
These buildings are divided into sections for 2 or more companies or may be dedicated to one specific company. Companies typically have a reception area, meeting rooms, single or open-plan office spaces, and gender-specific restrooms.
Office buildings are ideal for businesses that need room for cubicles, reception area, offices, and conference rooms. These areas, except for employees, don’t see a tremendous amount of foot traffic. They are usually centrally located, making it easier for employees to commute.
The main purpose of office space is to support its employees in performing their specific functions. However, differences in tasks and activities make it hard to find the right office spaces. To help choose the correct workplace and office design, you need to find the correct type of office space.
Types of spaces inside Office Buildings
There are different types of workspaces. For new, or developing businesses, remote satellite offices and project rooms, serviced offices is a simple solution and provide all of the former types of space.
- Open office is an open workspace for a company with more than ten people, suited for activities that demand frequent interaction and need little concentration.
- Team space is a semi-enclosed space for 2-8 people, suited for activities that demand frequent internal communication and a medium level of concentration
- A cubicle is a semi-enclosed space for one person, ideal for activities that demand medium concentration and medium interaction
- A private office is an enclosed space for one person, required for activities that are confidential and demand a lot of concentration or include many meetings.
- A shared office is an enclosed workspace for 2-3 people, suited for activities that require semi-concentrated and collaborative work in small groups
- Team room is an enclosed workspace for 4-10 people and suited for activities that are confidential and demands frequent internal communication
- Study booth is an enclosed workspace for one person for short-term activities that demand concentration or confidentiality
- Work lounge is lounge-like space for 2-6 people that is ideal for short-term activities that require collaboration and allow impromptu interaction
Many office buildings also have a kitchen/pantry area or a staff room where workers can have lunch or a short break .
Additionally, some office spaces are also serviced office spaces, which means that those occupying the building share the facilities.
Graded Office Buildings
Internationally, BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association) classifies office space into three categories: Class A, Class B, and Class C.
Class A or Grade A office buildings are usually the most prestigious buildings that compete for premier office users, offering rents that are above average in that area.
These buildings have facilities that have high-quality standard finishes, state of the art systems, exceptional accessibility and a “definite market presence" per BOMA standards.
Class B Grade B office buildings as those that offer their space to a variety of users and offers rents that are an average range in that area.
They have "adequate systems" and finishes that "are fair to good", but offers a lower rental price in that area.
Class C or Grade C buildings are purposefully built for companies that require functional space at rents below the average for that area.
Office spaces are arranged according to functions and specific use. A major consideration is how many people will work in the same room.
Sometimes, individual workers have their own space. In some occasions, open plan offices put multiple workers together in the same space.
Commercial Buildings can also be in the form of warehouses which is specifically built for companies in the manufacturing, importing, exporting, wholesale and transport sector.
These buildings are large plain structures built in industrial parks and located at the outskirts of cities, towns or villages. They are very rarely located in the business district because of the need for a larger space.
Warehouses typically have loading docks and large parking space to house equipment materials like forklift or cranes. Large manufacturing firms use warehouses as distribution points of a particular region or country. This aims to reduce end cost and enhance the production sale ratio.
There are many other usages for commercial buildings. Be it commercial or industrial, our listings will have a wide range of choices that can fit any client requirement.